Group protests Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky

Published: Jun. 4, 2018 at 4:49 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2018 at 4:52 PM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A leader of a national anti-poverty group is in Kentucky for a protest against the nation's first work requirements for Medicaid.

The Rev. William Barber is co-chairman of the Poor People's Campaign. He said Monday that health care should be a human right and said it's "just mean" to take away access to health care. Barber points to predictions from state officials that once the work requirements take effect, Medicaid will cover about 95,000 fewer people in five years.

The group is planning a rally Monday at Kentucky's Capitol. The group has been converging on statehouses nationwide as part of a campaign to call for new programs to help Americans who live in poverty.

Last week, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced a partnership with a health policy research group to help implement the Medicaid work requirements.

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